McIlroy faces ANOTHER messy hole at Travelers to finish in 31st place

Rory McIlroy confronts ANOTHER nightmare hole at Travelers after landing his drive in the thickest rough on the par-four second and finishes the day in an eight-way tie for 31st spot

  • Rory McIlroy endured a difficult hole during the par-four second at Travelers
  • The Northern Irishman skewed his drive 108 yards wide and into the thick rough
  • He carded a double-bogey six and then quadruple-bogeyed on the par-four 12th
  • McIlroy managed to allay the damage but still finished the day tied in 31st place

It has been a busy week for Rory McIlroy, both on and off the course. 

He saw his bid for a second US Open title slip away while more rebel golfers joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, against which McIlroy has become the leader of the opposition.

The 33-year-old Northern Irishman could have been forgiven, then, for letting his frustrations get the better of him after another nightmare hole at the Travelers Championship yesterday.

It was a day to forget at the Travelers for Rory McIlroy after he endured a nasty par-four second

McIlroy is regarded as one of the world’s best drivers but those skills have deserted him so far at TPC River Highlands.

Yesterday, on the par-four second, he got it horribly wrong, skewing his drive just 108 yards to the right, straight into the thickest rough.

It took him two attempts to free himself from the long grass, and even then his 71-yard iron shot left him way off the fairway, this time on the left.

The Northern Irishman skewed his drive into the thickest rough and carded a double-bogey six

After eventually finding the green, McIlroy two-putted to card a double-bogey six.

Despite his woes he did manage to share a joke with his caddie, proof that it can happen to even the world’s best golfers.

It was not the start McIlroy was hoping for in his third round following a tough back nine on Friday. Heading into round two he was tied first and even managed to stretch into an outright lead on 13 under after five early birdies.

He managed to lessen the blow somewhat but still finished the day in an eight-way tie for 31st

But on the par-four 12th, he quadruple-bogeyed after two wayward drives followed by a dip into the water from his chip shot.

Three holes later and he scored a double-bogey at 15, falling well behind Xander Schauffele, who has a one-shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard heading into today’s final round.

Martin Laird now leads the British interest, sitting five shots off the lead in a tie for fifth place in his quest for a fifth PGA title.

McIlroy finished the day on six under par in an eight-way tie for 31st place, a recovery of sorts after three holes he would like to forget.

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